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Course content

With urban areas expanding every day, sustainable development has never been more important. Our course has been designed to help you tackle the housing, regeneration and management issues that face leading professionals in this field.

You will examine different interpretations of sustainable development, exploring neighbourhood planning and community engagement, and providing you with the knowledge to plan and deliver your own programmes of urban management.

You will develop the leadership skills required to facilitate change, deliver local services and protect community assets. Our teaching team will use their industry experience to help you examine the theories behind leadership and management, explaining how they can be practically applied to social enterprise and public policy innovation.

Focussing on vocational training, our course enables you to engage with experienced members of the industry on client-based projects, enhancing your experience and expanding your network of contacts.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sustainableurbanman_apd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Our course gives you the ability to lead and deliver sustainable programmes in housing, planning, economic development and regeneration. Whether you work in conservation, heritage or environmental protection, you will gain the skills to manage change and plan for a sustainable urban future.

- Planning Manager
- Heritage and Conservation Manager
- Housing Development Officer
- Regeneration Officer

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our course is great way to work towards a masters qualification without disrupting your career. Combining practical training with only three fixed study hours per week, you can fit the rest of your self-guided study around your working day.

Many of the teaching team have worked in the industry and provide you with real-life examples from the workplace to support your theoretical learning.

We're focused on enabling your personal development and career advancement by providing opportunities you might not have access to in the workplace. You will meet people from different housing departments, agencies and private sector companies, exposing you to a range of industry insights.

Studying our course will help you on your way to becoming a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institute of Housing, providing you with a wealth of services, advice and networking opportunities.


Sustainable Communities (20 credits)
Examine interpretations and dimensions of sustainable communities - we will give you the chance to prepare strategies for sustainable communities linked to your professional field.

Leading Partnerships & Change (20 credits)
Gain a detailed understanding of the values and qualities associated with effective leadership in the modern housing and regeneration professions.

Quintin Bradley

Associate Senior Lecturer

"Bite-sized and affordable – this is vocational training with all the benefits of a postgraduate qualification. Our course gives you the skills to plan for and deliver sustainable development in partnership with communities and lead complex programmes of change."

Before joining us in 2006, Quintin spent eight years at Leeds Tenants Federation managing and developing participation initiatives and policies. Prior to this he worked at Kirklees Federation of Tenants, project managing community development programmes. Quintin is interested in pursuing research into issues of power and governance in UK housing and social policy, and particularly the role of social movements in governance debates.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Sustainable Urban Management (Advanced Professional Diploma) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!





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